||Evangelicalism and the Book of Revelations
In his e-seminar "Crucible of Pluralism: Religion in Modern America"
Professor Randall Balmer explores the ways in which religion in America has
changed in recent years. He provides a larger historical context in which to
consider the tension between religious conformity and religious diversity in
our nation. Part of the e-seminar provides a brief history of evangelical
Christianity in America, its resurgence since the 1970s, and the evangelical
reaction against the new diversity. Given the strength of the evangelical
tradition in this country, large numbers of Americans throughout our history
have given close attention to biblical interpretation. In this video
excerpt, Balmer explains that evangelicals have focused particularly on the
Book of Revelation at the end of the New Testament, with its prophecies
concerning the end of time. Although this interest in the apocalypse may
seem remote from everyday life, in fact differing interpretations of the
final book of the Bible have had a strong influence on the relationship
between evangelicals and American culture.